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n. pl. eulachon or eu·la·chons

[Chinook Jargon ulχan, from Lower Chinook (Chinookan language of the lower Columbia River valley) úl̷χan, dried eulachon.]


(ˈjuːləˌkɒn) or


n, pl -chons, -chon, -chans or -chan
(Animals) another name for candlefish
[from Chinook Jargon ulâkân]


(ˈkæn dlˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
a small, edible, smeltlike fish, Thaleichthys pacificus, of NW coastal waters of N America, so oily that when dried it can be used as a candle.
Also called eulachon.
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Scientific name, Thaleichthys pacificus, is from the Greek thaleia, meaning rich, ichthys, meaning fish, and pacificus, meaning of the Pacific.
Another common beluga prey species, eulachon, Thaleichthys pacificus, is of uncertain status.
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